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Placer County Increases Budget for Local Road Maintenance

Posted: 8/21/2015

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Seeno Road repaving in Granite Bay.
Photo courtesy of County of Placer

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer County’s investment in road maintenance work is getting a big boost this year.

The Public Works Department maintains more than 1,000 miles of roads in unincorporated areas throughout the county. The county pared back the road maintenance budget significantly during the recession, but has been working to restore budget support since then. The 2015-16 proposed county budget, similar to the budget approved for 2014-15, includes an additional general fund contribution of $1 million for roads.

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Brown Signs Compact with United Auburn Indian Community

Posted: 8/21/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the United Auburn Indian Community.

The compact reflects a continued commitment by the Tribe to revenue sharing with non-gaming and limited gaming tribes so that the economic benefits of gaming reach tribal governments that have not chosen to operate a tribal casino. Under the terms of this compact, United Auburn will become one of the largest contributors to the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund. The terms also provide a framework for the sharing of gaming revenue with Placer County and other local jurisdictions for fire, law enforcement, public transit, education, tourism, and other services, and provide incentives for investments in renewable energy projects, non-gaming-related economic development projects, and health care facilities that provide a mutual benefit to tribal members and local residents. In addition, up to $9 million may be directed by the Tribe specifically to finance infrastructure projects on non-Indian lands within Placer County that benefit the Tribe and the surrounding community.

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DMV Issues Nearly 400,000 Licenses Under AB 60

Posted: 8/7/2015

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - During the first six months of implementing Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60), the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued approximately 397,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented applicants who have met all requirements necessary to enjoy driving privileges in California. This figure represents more than half of the total 759,000 original driver’s licenses that have been distributed during the first half of 2015.

“The latest numbers reflect the continued successful implementation of AB 60,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “The DMV was determined to develop a process that would not only meet the stringent requirements of this new law, but also the unique needs of our newly expanded customer base.”

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First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2015

Posted: 8/7/2015

Close Up of Mosquito Drinking Blood
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals—less than one percent—can develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus. The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County.

“This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,” said Dr. Smith. “West Nile virus activity is more widespread in 2015 than in years past. Californians need to be vigilant in protecting themselves.”

West Nile virus is influenced by many factors such as climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of immunity in birds to West Nile virus. It is possible that the drought has contributed to West Nile virus amplification by reducing sources of water for birds and mosquitoes. As birds and mosquitoes seek water, they are coming into closer contact and amplifying the transmission of the virus.

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Roseville City Council to Invest in Animal Care & Adoption Center

Posted: 7/17/20165

Roseville City Council Meeting Audience is Serious
Placer SPCA staff, volunteers, and supporters packed the room as the Roseville City Council unanimously voted to partner with the organization for the building of a new state-of-the-art animal care and adoption center.
Photo courtesy of the Placer SPCA

ROSEVILLE, CA (MPG) - The Roseville City Council at its Wednesday, July 1st meeting voted unanimously to partner with the Placer SPCA and invest $7.6 million to help build Phase 1 of a new animal care and adoption center. The total cost of the Phase 1 project is approximately $12.1 million, with the remaining $4.5 million being raised as part of Placer SPCA’s Capital Campaign fundraising efforts. To date, more than $3.3 million in private donations have been pledged to support this effort.

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PCSO Hosts Community Awareness Academy

Posted: 7/17/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Reservations are now being taken for the Placer County Sheriff Office’s (PCSO) Community Awareness Academy. This year, participants will tour the new South Placer Jail in addition to several other field trips. The academy fills up quickly, so reserve your spot now.

Attendees are asked to attend all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning Tuesday, September 1st and ending September 24th. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and, in addition to touring the new jail, will tour the morgue, the 911 dispatch center, and the air operations hangar.

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Local Filmmakers Premiere Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 7/3/2015


Experience the Exhilaration

Come to the Placer County Fair!

Posted: 6/19/2015


Concern Over Projected Drop in Folsom Lake Levels

Posted: 6/19/2015


Clean Air Champions

Posted: 6/5/2015


Ireland Rockers ONOFF to Headline at the Auburn Fest and Artisan Faire

Placer Sentinel Staff
Posted: 6/5/2015


Auburn Chamber Supports Small Business Regulation

Posted: 6/5/2015


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